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I recently completed a failed font experiment, and, although I don't know if it's of any interest to anyone, I thought I'd share it anyway. If my wasted time fuels someone else's creative endeavors, then it wasn't entirely wasted.
The concept was weighting glyphs in a font based on their frequency of use in a given text canon. So, for example, my plan was to have a Shakespeare version of the font, a Brontë version of the font, etc. The less frequently a character is used in the canon, the darker the character would be in the font.
In any case, a more detailed writeup that includes python scripts and examples can be read here.
First off, I have zero experience with coding and syntax for proper output.
I have just finished a typeface with the usual ligatures (fl, fi, ffl, ffi, even st & ct) and I want to make the ligatures automatic instead of being forced to navigate to the glyphs palette and manually apply ligatures.
I know the answer is in Robofab or Python but I do not have any experience with them and can't find a decent walk-through in the context of type design, specifically ligatures (since Python does all sorts of applications, type design being one).
Is there not a standard snippet of code that applies to all typefaces that automates the ligatures? "when U+0066 & U+0066 appear consecutively with U+FB00"?
I presume not.
Also, I use Fontographer 5.
Thanks in advance.
I mixed two good things: first, the fabulous Interpolate Nudge module from Christian Robertson and by the other hand, DialogKit from Tal Leming, the result is a very simple tool that for me is very useful. I share this with you, maybe it could be useful for someone else... Please, feel free to use it!
The script is provided as is (Free and without warranties, support, etc...)
Donwload the last version from: http://www.emtype.net/tools_01.php